'Takers' could take 'Exorcism,' 'Expendables' and 'Avatar'

Click to follow
The Independent Culture

The likely candidates to reach number one at the box office and knock out The Expendables from the top spot in the third go-round, may be two contenders with little star power that find themselves in a close battle.

New films releasing this weekend, Takers and The Last Exorcism, will vie for first place, hoping to earn close to $15 million each and barely edge the other out. The Expendables is not expected to make more than $10 million based on a typical drop from last weekend's $17 million.

The action thriller Takers features Zoe Saldana, Matt Dillon, Idris Elba and R&B singer Chris Brown and rapper T.I., which are not the box office draws of Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis but it might perform like The A-Team which opened with $25 million.

Horror film The Last Exorcism, like Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, is shot in a faux documentary-style and features unknown actors. It releases in 600 more theaters than Takers and is the subject of a big ad campaign which might help its lack of an indie buzz.

A wild card is the re-release this weekend of Avatar: Special Edition in 3D with 8-1/2 more minutes of footage, which shows in 810 theaters including IMAX and could bring audiences to screens.

Note: The release of the Drew Barrymore film Going the Distance was moved from August 27 to September 3 in the US.